Given the name of Andrea Tonacci's film, one would expect a shoot-em up action film, but the film Bang Bang pretty much defies all classification. Andrea Tonnacci's Bang Bang follows the exploits of an anonymous urbanite as he goes from situation to situation, each being more absurd than the last. To say the film lacks all sense of narrative wouldn't be entirely accurate, but the structure is not pinned down, being much more experimental in flow. As the protagonist goes through a series of situations, he is chased by a group of wacky gang members made up of a transvestite, gun wielding blind man, and a native chieftain. Tonacci's film has a type of raw energy which I can only describe as electric, with lots of impressive camera work which must have been painstakingly complicated given the serious lack of budget. Much like Godard, a lot of this film feels improvised and an homage to genre film-making but I believe Tonacci also wanted to touch on the struggle between ones civility and true animal nature. Throughout the film, this unnamed protagonist is pursued by this absurd gang, as if to suggest they our his primal instinct looking to free him. A scene at a diner where the man begins to court a young woman being probably the best example. There conversation is very civil and intellectual, but when the gang of delinquents shows up things quickly change. Andrea Tonacci's film is brass, exuberant and challenging and while I'm sure I missed some of the more culture specific symbolism, Bang Bang is an electric ride.
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